5 Biggest Stars of the FA Cup 5th-Round Weekend

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterFebruary 17, 2013

5 Biggest Stars of the FA Cup 5th-Round Weekend

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    Another weekend of exciting action from the FA Cup is in the books and we've got some real heroes to admire.

    The football isn't always pretty when MK Dons meet Barnsley, but effort and determination can be admired as players try their hardest to lead their club to glory.

    Let's take a look at five players who did their fan bases a world of good.

Colin Kazim-Richards

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    Arsenal fans everywhere were searching out brick walls to bash their heads against on Saturday as their side squandered yet another chance to lift some much-needed silverware.

    The Gunners battered Blackburn Rovers for 90 minutes but failed to score a goal, and Gervinho in particular was guilty of netting easy chances.

    Colin Kazim-Richards scored a scruffy goal for the visitors as the Lancashire-based side finally have something to smile about.

David Flitcroft

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    Harsh not to praise an individual Barnsley player? Possibly, and Chris Dagnall would be the one who misses out.

    But the Tykes were a sinking ship in 2012 and were looking relegation head-on before a managerial switch up. David Flitcroft has come in and done a wonderful job.

    Nothing gets a fan base going like a good FA Cup run, and this side are now into the quarterfinals. The football Barnsley were playing at the Stadium MK was stunning.

Matt Smith

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    Merseysiders must be sick of the sight of Matt Smith.

    His heroics knocked Liverpool out in the fourth round of the FA Cup, and now his dramatic late equaliser has earned Oldham Athletic a lucrative replay at Goodison Park.

    The University student is a true star, as his goal, in addition to the subsequent revenue earned from the replay, could set the Latics up for a wonderful five years.

Sergio Aguero

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    It's fair to say Manchester City were under a little bit of pressure coming into this game.

    It's also fair to say they responded to that pressure in comprehensive fashion.

    A fit and healthy Yaya Toure will do wonders for you, but if Sergio Aguero is looking sharp you've got no hope as a defence.

    Leeds United walked into a bloodbath as Roberto Mancini's men showed us they're not dead yet.


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    Chelsea have just recorded three wins in a row since December, but a win at home is perhaps the more important stat line.

    Stamford Bridge, where the fans bear down on the team and voice their discontent for Rafa Benitez while applauding the 16th minute in honour of Roberto Di Matteo, is not the current boss's favourite destination.

    For a full half of football the Blues looked jittery and jumpy, but the 4-0 scoreline looks pretty glossy on paper.

    Oscar was the man behind the showing, both scoring and creating in a dominant performance.